CCP artists fear bad rap from "Kulo" could drive away potential financiers
(SPOT.ph) While the controversial "Kulo" exhibit has brought more attention to the Cultural Center of the Philippines, CCP artists and officials said they would rather attract attention that would lead to financial support, reports GMA News. Artists also appealed to the public to not judge the center based on the exhibit alone since CCP hosts various performing and visual arts groups.
According to a separate GMA report, the CCP is home to various internationally awarded groups like the Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, the UST Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Philippines, the Philippine Ballet Theater, and the Philippine Madrigal Singers, among others. It produces and presents at least 800 shows a year. "This building is 42 years old and the cracks are beginning to show," said head of theater operations Ariel Yonzon, who considers the entire space as an "art piece."
CCP vice president Chris Millado appealed for everyone to champion the arts and not defame it. A PBT ballerina likewise echoed the sentiment, saying: "It would be worse to demoralize other artists. Art enhances people and it makes things better in the world. Help us artists give art, not take it away." In the heat of the "Kulo" issue, senators threatened to cut the government-funded center’s budget.
PBT artistic director Ronilo Jaynario said funding is especially important for CCP to thrive. "Kami rin po ay nangangailangan ng suporta hindi lang sa gobyerno kung di pati sa private sector (We need support not just from the government but also from the private sector)," adding that after training in the Philippines, ballerinas head off abroad for better opportunities. Apart from building repairs and outdated training facilities, the CCP also needs to digitize their records, replace instruments, and widen rehearsal space.
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Artists from the CCP appeal for improved financial support.